Patents Assigned to Once Innovations, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10330305
    Abstract: An integral conduit modular lighting system that has a light board having circuitry that is secured to a heat sink with an adhesive layer. The heat sink has a gasket in order to securely connect the lighting system to a preexisting conduit body such that the lighting system withstand a high pressure wash without leakage to the board. The heat sink also has opening that mate with openings of preexisting electrical conduit bodies to provide installation of the modular lighting system to existing electrical conduit bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 10314125
    Abstract: An analog AC driven fully dimmable circuit that reduces the gap between peak current and a minimum current to improve dimming properties and provide additional functionality to a lighting device. The circuit provides ancillary circuitry that bypasses an analog step driving section of the circuit without the use of an ancillary transistor. The ancillary circuitry bypasses the analog step driving section of the circuit and has a capacitor to continuously provide current to the first series interconnection such that the first series interconnection continuously emits light during operation of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, David Natarelli, Hoa Huynh
  • Patent number: 10244595
    Abstract: A horticultural system having lighting elements pulsed with an off time proportional to the turnover time of the photosynthetic electron transport chain of a plant. The lighting elements emit light at a wavelength within 20 nanometers (nm) of a peak absorption of the pigment of the plant and are controlled to provide light at predetermined intervals as needed by the plant cause photosynthesis and reduce excess unproductive light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 10237956
    Abstract: A system and method for illuminating livestock within an agricultural dwelling. The system has a plurality of lighting assemblies that are electrically connected to a dimming device. The lighting assemblies are dimmed from a white color to predetermined wavelength to result in a predetermined behavior of the livestock. The predetermined wavelength and behavior includes a red wavelength that is undetected by the livestock thus resulting in the predetermined behavior of the livestock sleeping while workers can continue to work or function within the agricultural dwelling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 10206378
    Abstract: A method of increasing the probability of breeding swine via a lighting system with a programmable timing device. The lighting system is programmed to present differing photoperiods such that the amount of light observed by a swine every day or week gradually decreases, mimicking a seasonal change, typically from summer to fall. As a result, swine psychologically and physiologically believe that seasons are changing resulting in increased probability of breeding for the swine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, Juliette Delabbio
  • Patent number: 10201152
    Abstract: A system and method to promote biological responses within incubated eggs using lighting devices within an incubation chamber. A light supporting device is installed within the incubation chamber in spaced relation to an incubation device housing a plurality of eggs. The light supporting device is positioned to direct light at pre-determined wavelengths into the interior cavity of the incubation device to irradiate the plurality of eggs to promote a biological response within the eggs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, Kevin Payne, Karol Licko, Peter Simko, Josef Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10154657
    Abstract: A method of experimenting on aquatic life in an indoor facility and lighting assembly for accomplishing the same. The lighting assembly includes a lighting device that emits light at a predetermined wavelength that provides a minimum water penetration depth and is positioned in a manner to provide uniform lighting at the air and water interface within a containment unit housing the aquatic life. The on and off function are also controlled by the lighting assembly to provide a gradual turn on and off to prevent interference of effects of lighting with experimental results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, Juliette Delabbio
  • Patent number: 10104875
    Abstract: Methods and systems of promoting fertilization of eggs of an avian. While inseminating a plurality of avian eggs a spectrum substantially concentrated within a narrow range of wavelength irradiates the plurality of inseminated avian eggs to increase the motility of the sperm to increase the probability of conception of avian from the inseminated eggs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, John Lilly, Kevin Payne
  • Patent number: 10091857
    Abstract: A light emitting diode lighting assembly that receives an electrical excitation signal that is varied from a dimming device. Driving circuitry receives the varying input and has first and second paths that each have a plurality of light emitting diodes. Each plurality of light emitting diodes has a threshold voltage with the threshold voltage of the first plurality of diodes being less than the threshold voltage of the second plurality of lighting emitting diodes. The current within the first path is controlled by a current limiting device that is controlled by a resistor that receives input from the second path to gradually turn off the first plurality of light emitting diodes as the second plurality of lighting emitting diodes increase in intensity. A shunt voltage regulator within the circuit having a threshold voltage that is above threshold voltages of components in the assembly to minimize voltage increases in the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, Leif Erickson
  • Publication number: 20180271067
    Abstract: The sex of embryos in eggs is influenced or controlled through the application of light having selected wavelengths and heat in order to promote the development of embryos of a selected sex. An incubating device is provided having an interior cavity that can be sealed from an outside, and having a plurality of lighting elements disposed in the interior cavity. Eggs are disposed on trays, and pre-determined environmental conditions are applied to the interior cavity to promote hatching of the eggs. Concurrently with the application of the environmental conditions, the eggs are irradiated according to pre-determined lighting conditions having wavelengths substantially concentrated in selected ranges In some embodiments, the temperature of the incubator is kept above or below the optimal incubation temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 10028448
    Abstract: A method of stimulating plant growth in a controlled environment that includes providing a lighting assembly having a network of lighting elements such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) that provide light at a color tailored for an individual plant. The lighting assembly is positioned adjacent a plant such that the light produced is received by the plant. The lighting assembly additionally has a control assembly that includes driving circuitry that modulates the lighting elements to controllably provide predetermined periods of light and dark to stimulate continuous growth of the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, Kevin Payne
  • Patent number: 9844210
    Abstract: Methods and systems of promoting fertilization of eggs of an avian. While inseminating a plurality of avian eggs a spectrum substantially concentrated within a narrow range of wavelength irradiates the plurality of inseminated avian eggs to increase the motility of the sperm to increase the probability of conception of avian from the inseminated eggs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, John Lilly, Kevin Payne
  • Patent number: 9775212
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods involve operation of an LED light engine in which a relative intensities of selected wavelengths shift as a function of electrical excitation. In an illustrative example, current may be selectively and automatically diverted substantially away from at least one of a number of LEDs arranged in a series circuit until the current or its associated periodic excitation voltage reaches a predetermined threshold level. The diversion current may be smoothly reduced in transition as the excitation current or voltage rises substantially above the predetermined threshold level. A color temperature of the light output may be substantially changed as a predetermined function of the excitation voltage. For example, some embodiments may substantially increase or decrease a color temperature output by a solid state light engine in response to dimming the AC voltage excitation (e.g., by phase-cutting or amplitude modulation).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, Brad Klassen, Leif Erickson
  • Patent number: 9775209
    Abstract: A circuit having a series interconnection of a light-emitting diode (LED) group, a first transistor, a second transistor and a first resistor. The series interconnection has a cathode coupled to a drain terminal of the first transistor and a source terminal of the first transistor is coupled to a first terminal of the first resistor wherein voltage across the first resistor to provide a biasing voltage for the first transistor. A source terminal of the second transistor is coupled to a first terminal of the first resistor wherein voltage across the second resistor provides a biasing voltage for the second transistor and ancillary circuitry bypasses the series interconnection. The ancillary circuitry has a capacitor to provide current to the series interconnection to increase the amount of light emitted during an electrical excitation cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: ONCE INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Zdenko Grajcar, David Haskvitz
  • Patent number: 9756837
    Abstract: Differential illumination systems and methods selectively provide light having different spectrums in an aviary system for housing animals located within an enclosure, and in the enclosure. A first light source produces light with a first spectrum, and illuminates an internal volume of the aviary system. A second light source produces light with a second spectrum different from the first spectrum, and illuminates the enclosure outside of the aviary system. The first spectrum can have a higher red component than the second spectrum to encourage chicken to lay eggs inside of the aviary system, and the second spectrum can have a higher blue component than the first spectrum to discourage chicken from laying eggs outside of the aviary system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: ONCE Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 9730288
    Abstract: An analog AC circuit for light emitting diode (LED) groups that provides continuously emitted light through a dimming process from 100% relative light output to 5% of relative light output. The analog AC circuit utilizes ancillary circuitry that bypasses a first series interconnection of a first LED group and presents a capacitor electrically connected to an ancillary transistor to provide constant current at above a current threshold to cause the first LED group to continuously emit light even through a dimming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: David Haskvitz
  • Patent number: 9709228
    Abstract: Various apparatus and associated methods involve a light source that provides light at wavelengths that substantially correlate to local maxima in the spectral sensitivity of a diurnal avian. In an illustrative example, the light source may output light primarily in wavelength bands that are not substantially absorbed by colored oil droplets and/or visual pigment in at least one type of cone in the eye of a diurnal avian. In some embodiments, the light source may include a light-emitting diode (LED) light source. Exemplary light sources may output spectral components to illuminate diurnal avians with local maxima of intensity at wavelengths that substantially correspond to local maxima in a spectral sensitivity visual response characteristic of the diurnal avians.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ONCE INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 9700019
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods involve a hangable LED light assembly constructed to provide a selected color output illumination as a function of excitation intensity. In an illustrative example, the color output may be selected to promote biological development throughout livestock development stages (e.g., incubation, growth, and reproduction). The light intensity may controllable, for example, in response to a light dimmer arranged to modulate AC excitation applied to the LED downlight. As the light intensity is decreased in response to a simple dimmer control, the spectral output of the LED downlight may shift its output wavelengths. Accordingly, some exemplary installations may provide controlled combinations of intensity and color to substantially optimize lighting conditions for livestock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: ONCE INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 9695995
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a light emitting diode lighting assembly that includes producing a heat sink and securing a platform assembly having a plurality of light emitting diode dies on a single plane. A bulb is formed by securing a first lens section made of a first material to a second lens section made of a second material such that only the bulb determines the lamp type of the light emitting diode lighting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Once Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 9696011
    Abstract: A light source is provided with extended persistence and reduced flicker characteristics by using a light capacitive filter. In general, a light source can include an illumination source which converts electrical energy into emitted light. The illumination source, however, is generally powered by an AC waveform, and the periodic variations inherent in the AC waveform may cause flicker in the emitted light. To reduce the flicker, a light capacitive filter is included in the light source to filter the light emitted by the illumination source and produce a light output with reduced flicker. In some examples, the light capacitive filter includes a medium persistence phosphor having a decay constant (or half-life) of between 1 milliseconds and 2 seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: ONCE INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar